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Eats, Shoots and Scores

June 18th 2018
No matter which team you are supporting, you're already onto a winner if you're visiting the host nation during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Russian cuisine is excellent, varied, and often overlooked in the West. With its myriad influences from Europe, central Asia, and the Orient, Russian restaurants offer an engaging mix of the familiar and the exotic. Here are a few picks, from around the tournament's cities.

White Rabbit, Moscow

A regular fixture on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, White Rabbit's chef Vladimir Mukhin favours excellent, seasonal ingredients, and serves them in a stunning, glass-domed venue, which affords diners incredible views across the capital.

Kupechesky, Nizhny Novgorod

The interior of this traditional Russian restaurant is much like the food: rich, elegant, and a little bit old-world. A wealthy local merchant once owned the house that Kupechesky now occupies, and the ornate fittings, opulent menu and welcoming staff all reflect this.

Kokoko, St. Petersburg

A restaurant that prides itself on working with farmers and seasonal products from the northwest region of Russia. Chef Igor Grishechkin is a bold innovator who mixes modern practices with traditional Russian ingredients. All laced with his childhood memories and a touch of quirkiness. Expect the unexpected, and a highly inventive drinks list to accompany.

Pashtet, Yekaterinburg

This local favourite is decorated to resemble a traditional family dacha, or summer house, and its menu is praised both by locals – it's a popular birthday celebration spot - and out-of-towners; a fair amount of English is spoken by Pashtet's waitstaff, which is an added bonus in this part of the country.

Semifreddo, Moscow

This, one of the country's best known restaurants, might style itself as Italian, yet the appearance of red shrimp and rabbit ragu on the menu suggests some local influences. In any case, the Sicilian-born chef Nino Graziano satisfies some of Moscow's most prominent diners.

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